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ERIC Number: EJ1093753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
The Effect of Peer Review on Information Literacy Outcomes in a Chemical Literature Course
Zwicky, David A.; Hands, Michael D.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n3 p477-481 Mar 2016
This article describes the use of peer review in a writing project involving upper-level chemistry students in a chemical literature course, with the goal of improving student performance in meeting information literacy outcomes. Students were asked to find articles on a topic of their choice over the course of a semester and assemble the results into a brief paper, which was anonymously peer-reviewed by their classmates and then revised. The papers and the reviews were evaluated using a rubric based on ACRL information literacy competency standards for science, engineering, and technology students. Significant improvements relating to seven standards-based outcomes were observed (p < 0.02), corresponding to specific reviewer criticisms in up to 43% of student papers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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